When an elderly person passes away, it is left to the living to gather up all the things left behind. Decisions must be made: What will be kept and treasured? What will be donated? What will be given to children and grandchildren? Hopefully, the wants and desires of the deceased will be honored, but even then, there are some things that are just puzzles.
Perhaps no one wants the item. Perhaps more than one wants it.
Sometimes the value of an item is hard to see.
An old, faded out mirror. Sliding it out from behind a trunk, the edges are battered. The face of it is cracked. The "silver" is coming through in places.
Oh, the happy times that this mirror reflected years ago! A joyous couple -- the groom carrying the bride across the threshold. The first baby brought home. Many wonderful memories.
But now, as we look in the mirror, it doesn't reflect clearly. The crack distorts our faces and the silvered places leave gaps in what we want to see.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (I Corinthians 13:12)That mirror made me think of this verse....and you know, it is OK that we don't understand everything.
Just because we don't have answers for every question, it's still alright. If we can't satisfy an unbeliever's loaded question, it's OK. If we wonder silently about things that aren't laid out for us in the Word, that's OK, too.
The Spirit can use our questions to teach us, to guide us to look and study the Bible, and to pray for God to illuminate our way. All of this can grow our faith.
You see, we don't know all there is to know about God, about the Son and the Spirit, or about His plan for us. But here's the beautiful part: He created us to love Him, He loves us devotedly, and He forgives us continuously!
All the rest can be "puzzling." But a time is coming when we will know everything completely....just as He knows us completely.
Even so, come quickly, Lord!